That's a fine job! Very impressive.
Thanks Gaz! On to the next one!
Well done! Very well done! I even like the choice of olive green you used. I was a little skeptical when you first mentioned it but the end result is great. If a -1Tei is ever released in 1/32 I'm doing Chuichi Ichikawa's aircraft (I tried the Wolfpack -1Tei conversion and wasn't impressed). You know, the one everyone thinks has a cloverleaf on the fuselage sides? It's not a cloverleaf but it does describe the aircraft specifically. It was described by a photographer who actually saw the aircraft as a "chocolate bar brown" color. In my opinion, the color you used on this aircraft could very well be misinterpreted as that color, especially if the paint was faded or worn.
Above is the only photo of this aircraft known to exist.
Sorry for going off topic... The color of your model so much reminded me of this one.
Thank you for commenting! That cloverleaf Hien never looked "right" to me but I've never seen what an alternative interpretation looked like. Hopefully, you'll get to model it someday.
Beautiful result, John!
Absolutely gorgeous work. As an aside, this kicked open the memory drawers in the dusty corridors of the mind. The very first model I ever had was a Kawasaki Ki-61, the old Revell 1/72nd job. My dad built it and we painted it with the old Testors bottle paints. I think that would have been in 1965.
Wow, that's a long way back. I also have very fond memories of plastic models when I was a kid. It seemed liked all of the department and drug stores had a model section with rack of Testors paints and a rack of Pactra paints.
I really like your photos, could you tell me how you achieve them? What set up/lighting do you use?
Thank you! I have a good camera but I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to set-ups. The Hien was shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and a 24-105 f/4 lens. All ambient outdoor lighting... no external lights or flash. My "studio" is the courtyard in front of my house... a sheet of white poster paper (now pretty dirty) layed over an old wooden bench. Photos shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom.
I have a friend who rescribes every Hasegawa kit he builds, just out of habit. It likes to give their panel lines more depth. He lightly sands after every build and you’d never know he did this.
I like making the panel lines more uniform too. Some moldings aren't as crisp as the Tamiya Hien and really benefit from having some rescribing.